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Style check with Ana Matronic

Ana Matronic

“I realized I was a drag queen in a woman’s body”, Ana Matronic was quoted saying in a lovely portrait piece in the Guardian in 2006. If that sentence alone doesn’t make you a fan of the eccentric singer, we cannot be friends.

Sorry, not sorry.

Ok, ok I’m gonna give you guys one more try: She’s also an incredibly smart anthropology graduate, science fiction and robotics fan, social activist and book author who modeled her stage persona after Miss Piggy of The Muppet Show. ‘Nuff said. So without further ado: We asked Ana a few quick questions about her personal style and how it connects to her musical influences. Enjoy!

Describe your own style in a soundbite

My own style, in one word, is CINEMATIC. I live to look like I just stepped off the set of a Fellini, John Waters, or Russ Meyer film. There’s also a pretty heavy dose of Saturday Morning Cartoon villain…

In your opinion, what is the connection between style and music?

The connection between Style and Music is intrinsic and inseparable. Imagine having a runway show with no music? You can’t. Music sets the tone and mood for presenting fashion, and fashion allows an unspoken communication of what the music sounds like for a particular artist. A person who walks onstage in a dirty tee shirt and jeans is enacting the same conscious decisions a flamboyant, over-the-top fashion diva is: they want to look like the music sounds.

How do you express your personality through style?

My personality and style have been linked since childhood. I never really felt like the typical kid so I never really dressed like one. I’m not an early adapter of trends. As much as I like to dress up, there’s also a side of me that enjoys a uniform — I can certainly see the appeal of having 7 versions of the same look to wear every day. It all depends on the day, my mood, and what I have to achieve in the day — I’m definitely not going to put on a pair of heels to go to the grocery store.

What track makes you want to immediately do a catwalk?

Anything with a vocal by NYC nightlife legend Paul Alexander immediately makes me want to pump. When he says “Walk for Me” I do!

What are your top 3 style icons?

– Gloria Swanson

– Richard Hell

– Grace Jones

You can catch Ana live and in colour at Style Out Loud in Teatro Capitólio on the 8th of March in Lisbon. Check out Eventbrite for our limited special price early bird offer or head over to our Instagram ticket contest. We are giving away exclusive tickets to the show and to Fashion Week Lisbon for yourself and two friends!

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